The Center at West Park
New York, NY 10024
The Center at West Park (CWP) is a non-profit community performing arts center based in the historic West Park Presbyterian Church, a New York City landmark.
We present engaging and boundary-pushing early-career and established artists through our artist residency programs, provide affordable rental space for artists to develop their work, and steward the restoration of our historic home’s landmark exterior.
Object Movement is a CWP Residency Program for the development of new works by puppeteers and object theater artists. Curated by Maiko Kikuchi, Rowan Magee, and Justin Perkins, Object Movement supports the development of new work that addresses eternal human questions and the urgent challenges of our society today through puppetry and object theater, culminating in an annual festival of short performances.
The 2021-2022 Object Movement Puppetry Residency will run Sep 19-Dec 14, 2021 and Feb 1-Apr 12, 2022. Meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings with a hybrid of online and in-person meetings at CWP, located at 165 W 86th Street in Manhattan. Eight artists/companies will be invited to participate in the residency to their work in a supportive, collaborative community of peers. The pieces developed in the residency will be presented at the Center in our Spring 2022 festival Mar 28-Apr 9, 2022. Each piece will have three performances. Each resident artist/company will receive a share of the box office ($100 minimum).
Applications for the 2021-2022 Object Movement Puppetry Residency & Festival are due by Sunday, August 1 at 11:59pm. Apply online at https://www.centeratwestpark.org/object-movement. Applications are open to artists over 18 who live in the NYC metro area and are not full-time students. Both experienced puppetry artists and puppetry beginners with experience in other disciplines are welcome. You may apply as an individual artist, a duo, or a collective/company. Please submit only one application per artist. We are seeking a diverse cohort of artists of different backgrounds and with different interests and experience levels within the realm of puppetry and object theater. BIPOC artists, LGBTQIA artists, and artists with disabilities are heartily encouraged to apply!
September 28, 2021 - April 12, 2022